News Roundup for July 24th, 2014

Sailor Moon Crystal is Totally Metal

“In the name of the moon I will punish you!" Sounds too mild, right? How about, "In the name of the moon I will melt your face with blistering guitar solos!" Now that's more like it! And what better group to bring the pain than Momoiro Clover Z, the original Weekend Warriors? Even if juicy licks aren't your thing you should still check out the animated music video for a look at the other sailor scouts. 

Official homepage: http://sailormoon-official.com/animation/

Attack on Chibi

Expect to see the Survey Corps fly off the shelves when convenience store Lawsons introduces this new line of Attack on Titan Ichiban Kuji character goods in early August. There's clear files, hand towels, Chimi Chara rubber straps and your favorites shrunk down to SD size, 3D-maneuver gear included.

Official homepage: http://1kuji.bpnavi.jp/item/830/ 

Set Up Your Wardrobe

Feel like one of the team with these Haikyu!! inspired T-shirts from BEAMS. The three designs based on Shoyo, Tobio and Toru are covered with quotes and graphics that represent the personalities of the cast. Which one matches you best?

Official homepage: http://www.super-groupies.com/feature/detail.php?id=66 

Don't Be This Guy

Patlabor: The Next Generation continues to match the goofy tone of original anime TV series by bringing in camera kozo, obnoxious otaku photographers who know more about gear than taking a good photo. Watch them trash talk the specs of the AV-98 Ingram but be on the lookout--these guys could turn up at your next convention and wreck havoc in the cosplay pit!

Official homepage: http://patlabor-nextgeneration.com/ 

Endings and Beginnings

Manga author Cocoa Fujiwara posted a self-congratulatory message to her Twitter on Tuesday to commemorate the release of the 11th and final volume of Inu X Boku SS. But don't be bummed because your favorite series wrapped up—he's also released the debut volume of her new title, Katsute Mahou Shoujo to Aku ha Tekitai Shiteita, a romantic comedy about a villain who falls in love with a magical girl because she was just too adorable to fight. Head over to her Twitter for a sneak peak!

Source: @cocoafujiwara

Out with the Old, in with the New

Dempagumi.inc. has gone back to their roots for their new single Chururichururira, and I don’t just mean their old 8-bit denpa-kei sound. The MV is full-blown sengoku with shamisen, samurai and giant robot castles! The one English line in the song? WE ARE JAPANESE! If this tried and true formula doesn't get them served a slice of the Cool Japan money pie nothing will!

Official homepage: http://dempagumi.dearstage.com/ 

Preview: Z/X -Zillions of enemy X- Sword Sniper Rigel 1/8 Complete Figure by Broccoli

-----Based on our Japanese blog-----

Meshi here, ready to serve up another heaping helping of figure previews!

Do you know how to play the TCG Z/X -Zillions of enemy X-? If not, don't worry! Today's figure won't teach you the rules but it will show you the most important thing about the franchise. We're taking a look at Rigel, a Sword Sniper-class character with infinite range and no blind angles. Let's dig in!

Z/X -Zillions of enemy X- Sword Sniper Rigel 1/8 Complete Figure [Broccoli]

In the world of Z/X, Japan is invaded by five parallel dimensions and the Blue World that Rigel hails from boasts technology beyond anything we have here on Earth. My man Arthur C. Clarke says that "any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic," and I gotta' concede that whatever force holding her skimpy power suit in place looks like magic to me.

Move in closer and the trick reveals itself. Her suction cup top is held in place with a steel undercarriage perfectly sculpted to support their teardrop-shaped load. Moving down, the belt buckle is as chiseled as her trim tummy.

The black stripes on her suit act like part lines on a mecha model to help break up the details of the sculpt. Too soft to be a machine, too hard to be a human, you can't resist the call of this cyborg siren!

Of course there's plenty more to this figure than her chromatic spheres. The sculptor has recreated the innocent yet determined expression that character illustrator Takuya Fujima is famous for. And you have to put your hands up for those dimpled armpits with their realistic bone structure.

'Ol Meshi isn't above taking a low angle shot of our sweet sniper. Notice how her armor is made of organic lines that contrast well with the soft supple curves of her skin. Behold, the ultimate collaboration between woman and machine!

Even her high-heeled boots use the latest in power suit technology! Though it seems that they were made a bit too tight given how her thighs are spilling out the top. But in Rigel's case it's not a defect, it's a feature!

Let's take a minute to appreciate the clean, hard lines on her blaster and the pinstripes on her shield. With armament like this, say anything about her butt and you can kiss yours goodbye!

I should take out a patent on this next great invention of mine: Sexy low-lighting! The shadows make the lines of her tight body and innie belly button pop.

Be you a fan of the TCG, anime, video game, manga or blue-eyed blondes in body suits, Rigel delivers!

Bonus items with original illustration by Takuya Fujimi

[Bonus]
-Limited promotion card "Sword Sniper Rigel" x 2 cards
[Pre-order bonus]
-Limited character sleeve "Sword Sniper Rigel" x 50 sleeves

And don't forget about the AmiAmi bonus item, a mini wall scroll of Rigel's partner, Azumi Kagamihara!

Z/X -Zillions of enemy X- Sword Sniper Rigel 1/8 Complete Figure [Broccoli]
(C)BROCCOLI / Nippon Ichi Software,Inc. Illust:藤真拓哉
*Photos are of a prototype and the actual product may differ. 

Shuffling it Up at Ange Vierge Exhibit

You may not know how to play the TCG Ange Vierge but I bet you recognize the art. Light novel publishers Fujimishobo and Media Factory teamed up to have their best illustrators work on the cards, such as Kantoku (The "Hentai" Prince and the Stony Cat), abec (Sword Art Online), Kurehito Misaki (Saenai Heroine no Sodatekata) and Kira Inugami (Seitokai no Ichizon). The commercials are just as impressive with their all-star cast of voice actresses including Kana Hanazawa, Saori Hayami and Aoi Yuuki.

But enough talk, let's look at the cards themselves! Akihabara GAMERS is running an exhibit of rare promos from events, magazine inserts and other giveaways. Some of them are even signed by the seiyuu themselves! 

Wondering about the story behind all these magical realms and cute girls? The next step would be to pick up an intro deck and learn how to play. There's too much to go into here but you can get started with a rough translation of the rules here and card text translation on the fan Facebook page.

SEGA has already developed a smartphone version of the game and the media-mix is in full swing with the manga adaptation. With so much great talent behind Ange Vierge, could there be an anime in the works? Until then, I can always stare at the pretty art!

Event dates: July 12th-July 19th
Address: 1-14-7 Soto Kanda, Chiyoda-ku Tokyo Takarada Building 7F
Hours: 10:00-21:00
Official homepage: http://www.anibro.jp/museum/index_ange.html

News Roundup for July 23rd, 2014

Fashion Rebellion

Homura jeans

Is that a magical girl in your pocket, or are you just happy to see Cospa's new Homura blue jeans? If the butt print and awesome purple stitching didn't sell you, how about this: The inside pocket uses a cleaner cloth material to keep your cell phone looking shiny and new even after rubbing against your thigh all day.

Official homepage: http://nijigencospa.com/event/id/8132

Put a Smile in Your Heart

Sora Tokui Nico Yazawa VA

Did everyone remember Nico Yazawa's birthday yesterday? Japanese fans sure did and they bombed voice actress Sora Tokui with fan art of their muse. Sora even got in on it by posting her best Nico-Nico-Ni pose. Check her Twitter for more birthday wishes and kawaii illustrations.

Source: @tokui_sorangley

The Master of IDOLM@STER

IDOLM@STER standees

Woah, what's going on here! Did the girls of 765 Productions hold a secret live in the back streets of Tokyo? No, it turns out that Twitter user @kaneko_hk went all out and bought all 13 of the IDOLM@STER cardboard standees we introduced back in May. At 15,000 yen a pop that's more dough than I care to roll out. Any producers out there with pockets deep enough to challenge his claim to fame can head to Koenji's otaku bar, Area 51.

Source: @kaneko_hk

Preview: Macross: Do You Remember Love? 1/100 VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Battroid & Fighter Hikaru Ichijyou Machine Plastic Models by WAVE

-----Based on our Japanese blog-----

Hey there, Shizu-Mecha here. It's been awhile since we've had a WAVE plastic model kit on the AmiAmi Blog, but that ends today! From the Macross film Do you Remember Love? I give you both Hikaru's VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Battroid and VF-1S Fighter in one preview!

Can you believe it's been 30 year since this movie blew anime fans away? The animation is still mesmerizing--I'll never see enough Itano circuses!

Macross: Do You Remember Love? 1/100 VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Fighter Hikaru Ichijyou Machine Plastic Models [WAVE]

Here's the VF-1S used in the epic climax of the film! Let's start with the fighter kit. 1/100 isn't the largest scale but the panel lines, clear parts and other details packed in there are larger than life!

(As a quick aside, these WAVE kits do not transform and are sold separately!)

The transforming versions are definitely cool but made some sacrifices in detail to allow for the moving parts. These kits make up for being static by being loaded with way more parts and sharp lines than ever before!

By swapping out a few pieces you can have the fighter either in mid-flight via the special base or in landing mode.

The strike pack inherited from Roy's ship is another shining example of the level of artisanship on these kits! Look closely for the micro missile pods and long range anti-aircraft missiles under the wings!

I just can't find a bad angle on this beautiful kit! It looks like the anime version but also like a real world jet at the same time.

Macross: Do You Remember Love? 1/100 VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Battroid Hikaru Ichijyou Machine Plastic Model

Next up is Battroid mode! Just like the fighter this humanoid robot is loaded with extra details because it doesn't need to transform. If any plastic model beginners out there are looking at this and getting intimidated--don't! The snap-together parts don't require any glue and make it easy for anyone to do a good build.

The joints feature internal poly-caps allowing for a myriad of poses. With the movable fingers and feet, the ones above are just the start!

The Strike Valkyrie's trademark dual beam cannons and ROV-20 also move, letting you recreate the final battle against Boddole Zer while rocking out to Minmay's titular song!

Note that you can use the fighter's base with the batteroid too! Since they spend most of their time flying around space it only makes sense, after all. You can even use it to recreate that famous scene with Misa!

*Stand sold with fighter kit only.

(・3・)So where is the Gerwalk version, you ask? For the teeming millions of Gerwalk fans out there, you can combine the two kits into one as shown above!

I rewatched Do You Remember Love for this preview and can confirm that the Gerwalk plays a role in the final battle. They aren't just there to look funny after all!

Skull One to Delta One

Mission Complete! Returning to base.

The WAVE Macross 1/100 lineup already includes the VF-1S, VF-1J and VF-1As and we can't wait to see what the series' future has in store for us! Max, Milia, Kakizaki, maybe even the Macross itself...?!

Macross: Do You Remember Love? 1/100 VF-1S Strike Valkyrie Battroid & Fighter Hikaru Ichijyou Machine Plastic Models [WAVE]

(C) 1984 BIG WEST

*Photos are of a prototype and the actual product may differ.